• mrtb

    Hegel “has consistently advocated weakness with respect to our enemies …” Really, Ted? REALLY?

    Cruz reminds me of a Democrat who said to a Republican running for Congress, “You’re against EVERYTHING I’m for!” The candidate responded, “Ma’am, you’re the first person I ever met who was FOR crime!” I just wish the junior Senator were a little more nuanced than a nutjob housewife from Wichita Falls.

  • gimmethewooby

    And we signed ourselves up for six years of this. Yipee.

  • Avid Reader

    I wouldn’t get so bent out of shape, Cruz is just stating the exact same mentality that the Democrats have in regards to compromising; see fiscal cliff deal, affordable care act, keystone pipeline, etc. Both sides are ridiculous, but to throw this out there like the republicans aren’t willing to compromise at all or are the only problem in negotiations is silly.

  • blue pencil

    But Avid Reader, I don’t hear the Democrats saying, in effect, that if we don’t get our way, we’re going to wreck any feeble chance at economic recovery. Not just get our way on deficits, debt ceilings, affordable care and the like, but our way on judicial appointments, cabinet appointments or any standard function of government that the majority of Americans tend to approve of. When you’re against the government running much of anything, it’s obviously a goal to make sure it doesn’t run at all.

  • Bill Marvel

    Living as we do in a world where folks disagree about stuff, how does Cruz expect anything to get done or, if need be, undone?

  • Everlasting Phelps

    Given how Obama treated “compromise” on the fiscal cliff, he’s right. The idea there was, “give me all of what I want and none of what you want. No? Okay, give me half of what I want and none of what you want.”

    It’s just like our “national conversations.” That’s where the Democrats get up and say whatever they want to the compliant media and the Republicans are expected to shut up and listen.

    I’m done with this sort of “compromise” and “conversations.” They are the most Orwellian doublespeak I can remember.

  • Everlasting Phelps

    Actually, you had Obama saying that he wasn’t willing to even have discussions with the Republicans on the debt ceiling.

    So, yes, actually, the Democrats ARE saying “if we don’t get our way we’re going to wreck any feeble chance at an economic recovery.”

  • Avid Reader

    “I don’t hear the Democrats saying, in effect, that if we don’t get our way, we’re going to wreck any feeble chance at economic recovery.”

    That is precisely what both sides are saying and you can find sound bites for either side to that effect if you actually look. Again, both sides are getting more and more absurd; but, they are both anti-compromise and to lay all of this on one side is naive or disingenuous.

  • Mike

    He’s right, it’s a shame that some have made partisanship a dirty word, partisanship is standing up for what you believe in and that’s exactly what a free country should encourage. Don’t like that nothing’s getting done because people are standing up for what they believe in? Then work to elect more people who agree with you, if your ideas and beliefs are what people want, they’ll vote for your candidates, if not, they won’t, that’s how a free country works. I have no interest in voting for someone just to have them toss aside the reasons i voted for them to compromise with people i don’t agree with, if i wanted what the other candidate had to offer, i would have voted for them.

    The worst people in politics right now are the No Labels crowd who are pushing their agenda pretending that they’re not beholden to any particular politics, it’s a lie and it’s not good for democracy. State your beliefs clearly and let the best ideas win.

  • gimmethewooby

    “Let the best ideas win” just sounds like code for “let’s just keep stalling until we win back the White House and Senate like Fox News said we were going to last November.”

  • Edward

    If this “free country” actually worked the way you say, we would have a Democratic House of Representatives, since they actually won more votes than the Republicans, but due to gerrymandering the Republicans were able to protect their majority.

    It’s ridiculous to believe that politicians can head off to Washington with the idea of never budging on anything. It’s childish and it’s not good for our country.

  • Avid Reader

    “State your beliefs clearly and let the best ideas win” just sounds like code for democracy. How dare you. Obviously whoever is in charge at the moment should be allowed to ram through on a party line vote any legislation/appointees/etc they want even if half the country is against it; that is how things are supposed to work.

  • CSP

    Just a hunch, but based on what I’ve seen from Mr. Pearson so far, if a Democrat had said essentially the same thing, we wouldn’t see the “abnormal psychology” or “competence” tags affixed to this post.

  • BradfordPearson

    If there was a Democratic senator, from Texas, making the same statement, I would attach the same tags. It’s the sentiment I’m affixing it to, not the party.

  • Peter Kurilecz

    depends upon what you mean by compromise.

  • Michael J. Mooney

    Did anyone else hear Ted Cruz almost, kind of, sort of imply that possibly certain people with criminal convictions and mental health issues shouldn’t be allowed to own guns? It was way, way toward the end, after the question was repeated, in the middle of paragraph about how he dislikes all forms of gun control, but still, he used the words “barriers to ownership” like that was a good thing.

    NOW who’s opposed to compromise?